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Mourning & Bereavement

Traditional Jewish mourning and bereavement practices are designed to help us bear our grief. But sometimes we need something more: a poem that captures our imagination, a creative ritual that addresses the particularity of our grief, a song that speaks to our heart. May you find a measure of comfort in your time of need.

Grieving through the Omer

By Kami Knapp
What do we do when our Jewish practices are painful, when instead of anticipation and joy one is filled with hesitancy and dread? My father passed away unexpectedly on December 31st, 2016, the...  more
Blog Post | April 21, 2017

Synchronicity/Beshert: Meant to Be

By Ariana Katz
Carl Jung explains a concept called synchronicity, which means that events can be “meaningful coincidences” if they are not causally related but seem to have a particular connection. In the spring...  more
Blog Post | February 27, 2017

Tags: kaddish

Queer Families, Queer Mourning

By Ariana Katz
Building queer family is an act of resistance. I cannot stop looking at this art, made by Megan J Smith of the Repeal Hyde Art Project. Three purple figures hold hands, raising their arms in fists...  more
Blog Post | January 25, 2017

Tags: LGBTIQ

Grief is Not a Learning Opportunity

By Ariana Katz
When I have been in moments of grief and someone tells me, “You will learn so much from this,” I want to scream. When I have been in moments of grief and someone tells me, “You will learn so much...  more
Blog Post | November 22, 2016

Tags: kaddish

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